WARWICKSHIRE Bears enjoyed a comfortable 95-14 victory over visitors Swindon Shock in British Wheelchair Basketball League Division One South on Sunday.
After losing two of their influential players – Macauley Tomlinson and Jamie Hamilton – this was going to be a struggle for Shock and indeed this came to fruition as they faced a determined Bears.
The outcome was never in doubt as Bears led 51-5 at the break, although Swindon were unlucky to see many of their shots hit the ring but not drop.
Bears, who gave an outing to rising star Aaron Grant, were in free-flowing form and almost reached 100 points, but the visitors did fare slightly better in the final quarter.
Bears head coach Tom Masterson said: “I really felt for the Shock team, as it’s not easy coming into a game losing two of your top players.
“I know they are rebuilding their team and am sure that, with the coaching team and players they have, they will be back on top again soon.”
THE GAME of the day was Bears 2nds’ encounter at home to Norwich Lowriders, who edged to a 46-40 victory in Division Two South.
From the tip-off this was an end-to-end game, with the lead constantly changing hands up until the final minutes of the game, when Lowriders were able to pull slightly clear and maintain their advantage until the buzzer.
Bears coach Derek Hall said: “Congratulations to Lowriders who were just too strong at the end. I was really proud of the Bears team and the effort all the players put in.”
BEARS 4ths enjoyed a 50-48 home win over C.O.B. Rockets in a friendly.
Featuring a number of new players making their league debuts and the Grinnell twins – Liz and Abbie – playing together for the first time, this was a fruitful fixture for the Bears development side.
Coach Lee Powell said: “It was a great win for our development team and congratulations to Rockets who also featured a number of new players playing their first competitive game.
“The game goes to show the commitment the Bears have to attracting new players to our sport and club and giving them a chance to play competitive sport.”
On Sunday Bears 1sts and 2nds travel to Stanmore, London, to take on GLL and Aspire London Titans 2nds and 3rds.
The Bears are still looking for a sponsor for the team and always seeking to recruit new members especially female and junior players. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07946 518354 for details.